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    My son has received his A S results and they were E E U U. He has talked to his college and they have suggested re taking the year (at a different college as they are full)
    Is this the best option or are they just trying to get rid to protect their figures?

    If he stayed on he could possibly re sit the subjects he got E's in but he has been told he can't carry on with the U subjects.

    What should he do?
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    Well he could sit the subjects again at an open university, the work is sent home to you and then you send it off when you are done. Another option he could do is go back to college, this is what I am doing as I didn't have the grades I wanted to get into uni. Unfortunately, there is alot of competition between universities. They only want the best results because it looks good for them. What subjects was he studying?
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    (Original post by scluch)
    My son has received his A S results and they were E E U U. He has talked to his college and they have suggested re taking the year (at a different college as they are full)
    Is this the best option or are they just trying to get rid to protect their figures?

    If he stayed on he could possibly re sit the subjects he got E's in but he has been told he can't carry on with the U subjects.

    What should he do?
    If exams aren't his forte, he should perhaps look at Btecs which are the coursework equivalent. Though you cannot get into Oxbridge in it or other high competitive courses like medicine, its a better alternative than getting shoddy grades.

    Many high respectable universities take them (If i had to guess, like all of them below the top 6) and they mean the student produces the work as he progresses meaning no cramming for studies.

    If not, pick completely different a levels and keep an eye on progress. It may even be suitable to do 3 if he finds 4 AS's too much.
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    Maths E
    Geography E
    Physics U
    Biology U

    He wanted to do geophysics but I think he needs to aim a little lower but work much harder
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    (Original post by scluch)
    My son has received his A S results and they were E E U U. He has talked to his college and they have suggested re taking the year (at a different college as they are full)
    Is this the best option or are they just trying to get rid to protect their figures?

    If he stayed on he could possibly re sit the subjects he got E's in but he has been told he can't carry on with the U subjects.

    What should he do?
    I do sympathise. Speaking as a teacher, I think they have probably given you the right advice. A clean break with the chance to start afresh with a clean slate and without his friends being there to remind him has a great deal to be said for it. I know my school would have given the same advice.
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    Could he re take the year but start with 3 subjects instead of 4 or do uni s frown upon that?
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    (Original post by scluch)
    Could he re take the year but start with 3 subjects instead of 4 or do uni s frown upon that?
    Not as long as he has 3 subjects at A-Level. Three is perfectly fine but 4 is a safer bet as you have an option to drop one you fail/don't enjoy so much and then focus on your best 3 in A2!


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    If it were me then I would probably retake the year
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    It makes sense then to re take the year but only do 3 subjects to give himself a better chance. Having already done a year he has a good idea what to take.
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    Thanks for your advise everyone. It's much clearer now.
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    Maybe he could pick a work based learning course he likes to do but I wouldn't go for open uni as that's so much harder


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